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BETTY MBITJANA

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BIOGRAPHY

Artist: Betty Mbitjana 
Skin Name: Mbitjana / Mpetyane
Born: c.1950
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Language: Anmatyerre
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Bush Berry , Bush Plum, Awelye & Bush Melon

ABOUT ARTIST

Betty Mbitjana is the daughter of renowned artist Minne Pwerle and the sister of artist Barbara Weir. Her husband was Lena Pwerle's who sadly passed away in 2012.

Betty, now believed to be in her sixties, grew up on a large remote farm in the Northern Territory of Australia,

participating in the customary practices of her culture.  Her late mother, Minnie Pwerie, a recognised artist, had a strong influence on her artistic development and thematic preference – that of a tribal ceremony pertaining to females using inherited patterns depicting the designs painted on the women’s upper bodies and those made in the sand, are frequently the basis of Betty’s work.  

The talented females in her extended family would depict the local hardy bush berry and bush plum (awelye) in the sacred design on their chests, breasts and upper arms, using the traditional media of ochre, charcoal and ash and through their dance rituals acknowledge their predecessors, show respect for their land and celebrate their ‘women’s business’.  

Betty’s artwork is highly regarded and well produced.  Her symbolism and technique provide the viewer with a sense of movement and vibrancy.  Her work has been exhibited at several galleries over the past five years.

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